Karolis Daunoras was charged with Possession of Marijuana over 10 grams and speeding on October 3, 2017. Mr. Daunoras rejected the State’s plea offer and elected to have his case tried before a jury. On February 14, 2018 a Queen Anne’s County jury convicted Mr. Daunoras of all counts. The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Micheal “Mick” Cuches.
The charges stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on October 3, 2017. On that day Trooper William Baker of the Maryland State Police was conducting stationary traffic enforcement in the area of westbound Route 50 and Piney Creek Road in Chester. At approximately 2:20 am, Trooper Baker pulled over a silver 2013 Honda Civic after observed it going 71 MPH in the posted 55 MPH zone. The car was being driven by Mr. Daunoras, the only occupant. Trooper Baker immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle when he first approached the driver’s window. A subsequent search revealed a plastic baggie containing almost an ounce of marijuana.
Mr. Daunoras was sentenced by the Honorable Thomas G. Ross and granted a probation before judgment.